Smoke from Huge Indy Apartment Fire Seen for Miles
Cause Still Under Investigation
Crews fight 3-alarm fire at 16th and Broadway. (wibc.com photo by Alex Brown)
A huge three-alarm fire on the city's near north side could be seen for miles Friday night. The fire at the "16 Park" apartment complex started just before 9pm. The Indianapolis Fire Department reported the fire under control just after 10pm, though streets were still closed down while crews worked to put out hot spots.
IFD investigators tell 93 WIBC the building was under construction. No one was living in the building at the time of the fire. A separate building in the complex which did have residents inside was evacuated. IFD Lt. Larry Tracy says that building suffered minor smoke and heat damage. The Red Cross was called to the scene help any residents in need of assistance.
One firefighter suffered a possible broken wrist while battling the blaze. He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment.
Lt. Tracy says this fire is "suspicious," but the investigation is young. The fire also damaged a church next door to the complex, though Lt. Tracy says that damage was minor. Another nearby church was not damaged.
Smoke from the 16th Street fire could be seen hanging in the sky from as far away at the Greenwood Park Mall to the south and north into Hamilton County. Casey Williams lives less than a block away and says she saw "a ball of orange fire and smoke and it was just immediately on my face. It was so hot. It was terrifying."
Just two hours earlier, around 7pm Friday night, crews called two alarms on a fire in a Wayne Township apartment building. Fire investigators say that fire appears to have been electrical. Emergency crews at that scene had to treat one firefighter who became overheated. No other injuries are reported.